‘Conversations’ part of Sisters of Mercy Anniversary

June 6, 2014

As part of the celebration of the Sisters of Mercy 120 Anniversary in Laredo, the Sisters will host Conversations with the Sisters, a series of round table type meetings for the community at large.

“We are proud to have the served this community for 120-years and wish to continue learning from the people we serve,” said Sister Maria Luisa Vera.  “By hosting these discussions on our concerns, we allow the people we serve and the people we work with to share their thoughts and ideas.  We want everyone to come.”

Conversations with the Sisters will highlight the five critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy which are grounded in their founding principle and focus on their deep concern for persons who are poor. The topics include Earth, Nonviolence, Women, Racism and Immigration.   The first conversation will be held on Thursday, June 5 at 6pm and will focus on immigration.

The Conversations will be held at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Education Center on 1000 Mier (on the corner of Hendricks).  All will be held concurrently in English and Spanish following a joint welcome and opening comments. 

The Anniversary Celebration will include masses, an event for coworkers past and present, a community-wide healthy event and a dinner honoring the Sisters on November 6.

The Mercy Celebration Committee is chaired by Agnes and Daniel Guevara with Altagracia Garcia serving as honoree chair.

Currently, five sisters continue to work in Laredo – Sisters Maria Luisa Vera, Olivia Obregon, Rosemary Welsh, Beth Yoest and Kathleen Tinnel.  Sister Maria Luisa Vera serves as president of Mercy Ministries of Laredo which is the made up of Mercy Clinic and Casa de Misericordia.  Sister Rosemary has a dual role serving as executive director of Casa and director of outreach at the Clinic.  Sister Olivia volunteers as the purchasing agent for Mercy Clinic.  Sister Beth teaches at St. Peter’s School and Sister Kathleen is in service to the religious community as vocation minister.

Previous Mercy McAuley honorees are Dennis Nixon in 2011 and Daniel Guevara, Judith Gutierrez and Dr. Ray Keck in 2013.

Close to 200 years ago Catherine McAuley opened the House of Mercy in Dublin to shelter and care for impoverished women and children.  A few years later she became a religious and founded the Sisters of Mercy who vowed to unselfishly serve the neediest in their communities with respect and dignity.  Faithful to Catherine’s mission, the Sisters of Mercy brought that same healing, caring and teaching to Laredo 120 years ago when they opened Laredo’s first hospital.

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